Pearl Handle

Lost and Found: The Case of the Missing Album 50 years ago guitarist/vocalist George Milspaugh, guitarist Dan Hurc, bass player Mickey Gentile and drummer Dean Aliotta got together to play at a Halloween barn party in rural Waterman, Illinois back in 1974. That was...

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Father Robert Owen – The Night Pastor

Father Robert Owen became known as “The Night Pastor,” revered for his support “to the musicians, bartenders, waiters, waitresses, singers, dancers and other who work or play in the Rush Street-Old Town areas of Chicago during the late evenings hours,” in the...

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Ray Manzarek

Ray Manzarek

Ray Manzarek has been proclaimed to be the “architect of The Doors’ intoxicating sound.” Teamed with the iconic frontman Jim Morrison, guitarist Robbie Krieger and drummer John Densmore; The Doors were certainly one of the quintessential rock bands of the late 60s....

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John Records Landecker

John Records Landecker

WLS. WLUP. WCKG. WJMK. WZZN. WLS-FM, WGN. There doesn’t seem to be any major Chicago radio station that John Records Landecker (3/28/47) hasn't worked at. Best known for his trademark saying "Records truly is my middle name,” on air his popularity soared with his...

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Shadows of Knight “Gloria”

Shadows of Knight “Gloria”

The year was 1966. The Shadows of Knight unleashed “Gloria” to the world. By April, the song would be #1 on the charts. And it went on to become the garage rock anthem of the era, recognized with its entry into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Let’s take a look at...

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Jackie DeShannon

Jackie DeShannon

How many of you remember Jackie DeShannon singing Top 10 hits “What the World Needs Now is Love” and “Put a Little Love in Your Heart?” Did you know she was from Batavia, Illinois? Born Sharon Lee Myers (8/21/44), her family originally lived on a farm in Kentucky. By...

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Kracker

Kracker

Personnel: Victor Angulo (guitar, vocals) Art Casado (drums, vocals), Chuck Francour (lead vocals, keyboards), Carlos Garcia (bass, vocals), Carl Driggs (lead vocals, percussion) Originally formed in Miami Florida, the funk rock band Kracker moved to Chicago in the...

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Nick Colionne

Nick Colionne

Over the course of his career, jazz guitarist Nick Colionne hit scored eight #1 hits on the Billboard smooth jazz airplay charts with another nine reaching Top 10 status, and he was the only artist in that category with five #1 hits from a single album with...

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Gene Krupa

Gene Krupa

Drummer Gene Krupa is the man who literally invented the modern-day drum kit. The legendary drummer is recognized as the first drummer to record using a bass drum, the first drummer to use a hi-hat cymbal as we know it today and was instrumental in creating tunable...

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Wade Flemons

Wade Flemons

A founding member of Earth, Wind and Fire, in Chicago Wade Flemons was first discovered by Vee Jay Records and would become well known for his work in the jingle studios when Chicago was the center of commercial advertising production work....

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